A cognitive assessment provides insight into a person’s intellectual abilities across a range of different areas, including; verbal comprehension, fluid reasoning, visual spatial processing, working memory and processing speed.
Completing a cognitive assessment creates a profile of a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and is useful for gaining insight into an individual’s learning.
Cognitive assessment results can be used to:
Support school funding applications
Identify factors that may impact a student’s learning within the classroom which can be used to develop individualised learning plans
Help with investigating the presence of intellectual disabilities or giftedness.
Academic Achievement Assessments
An academic achievement assessment measures a student’s abilities across multiple academic areas including reading, writing, mathematics, oral expression and listening comprehension. It is usually conducted in conjunction with a cognitive assessment to provide a comprehensive educational assessment.
Academic Achievement assessment results can be used to:
Provide insight into academic strengths and weaknesses, helping in planning intervention and support for identified difficulties.
Investigate the presence of a specific learning disorder, and to assist in the development of individual learning plans and targeted learning interventions.
ADHD/ADD and Associated Difficulties Assessment
Conners 3rd Edition
Assessing for ADHD, ADD and associated difficulties, involves investigating an individual’s past history and current presentation of behaviours across multiple environments. A combination of diagnostic interview, behavioural observations and parent, teacher and self-reports are used to provide insight into the individual’s presenting challenging behaviours.
Assessing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
BASC-3, CBCL, TRF
An overall assessment of an individual’s social, emotional, and behavioural concerns provides insight into a range of areas of potential difficulty. This allows for the identification of particular areas that may need therapeutic support. This is particularly useful in situations where multiple concerns have been raised and broader exploration is required. Some areas investigated in a general social, emotional and behavioural assessments include anxiety, depression, aggression, conduct problems, and adaptive behaviours. Parent, teacher, psychologist observations, and the individual’s own personal insights are included in providing a snap shot of potential areas of concern.
Functional Behavioural Analysis
Psychologists often conduct classroom observational assessments on students who are presenting with a range of challenging behaviours within the school setting. Such assessments help to provide the student, parents, educational staff and other supporting health professionals with more detailed information in regards to the student’s behaviour. An observational assessment will often include a detailed Functional Behavioural Analysis, as well as recommendations to assist the student with any identified challenges.